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Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
Position: -
Born: 05/26/79
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:248 lbs. / 112.9 kg.
Earnings: $72,935,000 ($90,074,100*)
Koufos said how Okur treated him influences how he interacts with his younger teammates. Okur, Koufos said, would pull him aside with suggestions on how to improve. “He never made me an example,” Koufos said. “I was lucky to have good vets around me growing up. I’m a firm believer that it’s easy to teach young guys who are super talented. Never do something in front of everybody, just try to pull them to the side and reach out and say here’s something that can help you out.”
Okur said his best memory of playing for Utah was the entire 2006-07 season, during which he made the All-Star game with teammate Carlos Boozer. The Jazz also reached the Western Conference Finals, with star guard Deron Williams running the show, but lost to the Spurs 4-1 — San Antonio would go on to win the title — but Okur said he’ll never forget those times. “In 2007, we made the Western Conference Finals. It was a good, good year for me individually and as a team,” Okur said. “As an individual, I made the All-Star team, I put up good numbers and we were winning.